It's simple. No diet, no exercise regimen required. No botox, no liposuction.
Just this: Play water volleyball with a bunch of septuagenarians!
I headed to the pool on our first morning. Out of 3 pools, only one had anyone in it. This pool had 11 older people in it playing water volleyball. They hollered at me to come join them and make the teams even. I ventured into the water with them. They were all either completely gray, or bald headed. Most of them were wearing hats and water shoes. Most of them were...ahem....over-weight. But they were a barrel of fun!
It was volleyball with only 2 rules:
You HAVE to hit it at least 3 times per side.
You HAVE to laugh and have a good time.
There were times it was hit 6 times on one side. And bobbling? Not a problem at all. In fact, in a few instances, catching then hitting is even permissible. Also, one person can hit it 2 or 3 times in a row.
And keeping score? Nope. They kept telling me that it was "old people" volleyball.
Here I am trying to unlearn regular volleyball rules and do it their way. It was hilarious! They asked me how long I'll be here at the RV park. When I said, "Three weeks," they said, "Good! Then you can play with us every morning!"
Apparently, they play from 10:30 to noon every day. I think they actually get more exercise from laughing than they do the volleyball.
Here's a few things I heard from them:
When one guy missed a serve that went over his head: "Hey! White men don't jump!"
When one of the ladies had to sorta jump to hit the ball, but completely missed: "That was one of those things my mind accomplished, but my body failed."
When I hit one over the net and they missed it: "Don't you just hate these young people that are so coordinated? Makes you want to smack them." :)
Said by one woman at the end of the games: "Whew! After a workout like that, you just want to go collapse on the couch."
When I jumped out of the pool to retrieve a lost ball: "Would you just look at that. She didn't even use the stairs."
It's been a while since I've laughed that much. I love being around older people. They have so much to offer. I loved the way they were all having a good time and were committed to getting exercise every day. I also appreciate the way they welcomed me into their little group, even though I'm at least 30 years younger than all of them. One of them was a 90 year old lady!
Looking forward to more "exercise" and lots of laughter! I love the opportunities God has for me every day.